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Why Bike Sharing is worth it

It would be foolish for Toronto to drain the the tires of its fledgling Bixi program before it really gets going, however. Even if bike sharing has so far failed to live up to the hype of its promoters, the concept remains relatively new and programs are constantly improving. Cities are still testing business models and fleet sizes to figure out the best way to deliver on the promise of a cleaner environment, reduced congestion and more active citizens without soaking taxpayers.

While bike sharing has been around at least since Amsterdam launched a program in 1965, it has exploded in the past five years. With an annual membership or a small daily fee, users can hop on any of the thousands of bikes parked in strategic locations. As long they keep each trip short, usually no more than 30 minutes, no additional fees apply.

Full story: It’s too early to give up on bike sharing – The Globe and Mail.

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VIDEO: A DIY repair shop created by students for students

A great video introduction to U of T’s BikeChain from Global News (except there’s an ad that runs before it): ‘Bikechain’ was created in 2005 as a student project serving the University of Toronto student community. This DIY bicycle repair shop is based out of the St. George campus and is open to everyone on […]

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MAPS! Helping cyclists avoid smoggy routes in Toronto and Montreal

  Amazing tool!  Played with it a long time.  Very telling that when you turn off the street map, high pollution levels still indicate where roads (and especially highways and the airport) are, and where the ravines (without highways) are. It is essentially a Google Map with an extra layer representing the average concentration of […]

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OH YEAH! Get Biking Toronto Updates, Win A Shirt

This is on until midnight on Saturday, April 30th, 2016! If you’re a regular visitor to Biking Toronto, you may notice little asks for you to join the update list.  This list updates you about new things on the site (and then you decide what you want to click through and read).  There are over […]

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NEWS: Bloor Bike Lanes Pilot Should Be a Council No-Brainer. Here’s Why It’s Not. 

An excellent piece in Torontoist about why a bike lane pilot designed to collect data about benefits/detriments and overwhelming supported by the community is getting static from politicians: There really should have been little to no debate about this 2.5 kilometre bike lane pilot project running along Bloor Street West from Shaw Street to Avenue […]

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FACEPALM: Bloor Bike lane pilot a victim of double standard

What do you do when politicians prevent people from making their city a better, cleaner, and economically attractive place? In Toronto, you can easily shut down an entire (or a part of)  a street for any reason (construction, festivals, corporate events, marathons, or just because) EXCEPT a bike lane pilot. EVEN if the entire community and […]